My trip to CHA Paper Arts in Chicago

Last week, I got the opportunity to attend CHA Paper Arts in Schaumburg, IL.

I hadn’t been able to attend a CHA Show (Craft Hobby Association) since the last time

it was in Chicago a few years ago.

As you can imagine I was excited to go.  (any excuse for a get-a-way)

I knew going in that it was going to be a small show.

But…by being a small show, it gave me the opportunity to mix, mingle and really get to know people.

I got to meet, in person, a few online friends, was able to make a few more and make some really

great connections.  All in all I was satisfied.

Back in it’s hey day, when I had my store, I remember spending three days walking the show

and still not being able to see everything.  (those were the days…)

On the first day of the two day show, I did remember to take a few pictures.

I wish I had taken more.   Enjoy!

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First off in the Sizzix Booth was dies from Stephanie Ackerman. 

I’ve been following Stephanie’s blog, Homegrown Hospitality, for years.

She’s a real Superstar in my books.

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 New House Dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix

I love the little house dies from the always popular Tim Holtz.

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Tim Holtz Holiday Canvas

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Ken Oliver of Ken Oliver Crafts

Ken’s another one of my Favorite Superstars.  Here I am with Ken and The Paper Forest girls.

They had just taken a picture with Ken and was rubbing it in my face.

So… I made them take another.

Ken Oliver's Color Burst

I finally got the opportunity to play with Ken’s Color Bursts. 

It only took a few minutes to create this masterpiece.

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Eileen Hull’s Vintage Camper, Scotty on The Paper Trail at CHA.

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Such a cute little camper.  You can read about Eileen and Scotty’s Adventure here.

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Eileen Hull’s Samples made using Sizzix Dies.

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More samples from Eileen.

I met Eileen a few years back and she’s such a sweet and personable lady.

You can’t help but love her.  And her dies… they are just too cute.

If I had her camper, I just might enjoy camping.  (well maybe)

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Another picture with The Paper Forest girls at the Graphic 45 booth.

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Graphic 45 World’s Fair

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Graphic 45 Mon Amour

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Kaisercraft

Ready for Christmas Crafting?  I am!

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More Kaisercraft Christmas…

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Kaisercraft

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Little B LLC Christmas

Little B 2858  I fell in love with Little B’s New Christmas Washi Tape.

This is another one of those booths where I got talking and forgot to take more pictures.

Ikea

As a reward for all my work (aka…having fun).  

I ended my adventure with a trip to my favorite Big Blue Store, IKEA.

 

Celebrate Christmas with Graphic 45 (edited)

Graphic 45 Twas the Night before Christmas Group

(Celebrate Christmas with Graphic 45 was a card class that I gave in November of 2014.)

In this class, I showed how to make use of the varied patterns and bits & pieces to create layered pieces with charm and style.

The Vintage Christmas collection from Graphic 45 is based off the classic tale “Twas the Night Before Christmas.  This collection is packed with all the fun and traditional images of this festive season. Reds, greens, gold and cream – this collection will remind you of all the special moments in this special time.


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Graphic 45 Santa Stockings  Graphic 45 Santa & Toys

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Graphic 45 Merry Christmas Santa

Kaisercraft “Dream Big”

Some of you may remember my family pictures that was taken on Easter.

Easter Layout #2

I love all the silly shots we got that day.  I think “captured” really fits on the layout below.

The caption reads:

Somebody got a little excited as Mom ran back and forth setting the camera on the tripod.

Easter Layout #1

These layouts were made with Kaisercraft’s Dream Big Collection.

“Herbs & Honey” Tag

Basic Grey's Herbs & Honey Tag

A quick share today.  I’ve got my little buddy coming over in a little bit for a play day and sleep-over.

We’ve got big plans;  Garden Shop, Playdoh, Break the Ice, the movie Frozen w/ popcorn, and dinner out with Grandpa.  It’s going to be a good day.

This tag was made with Basic Grey’s Herbs & Honey Collection for The Paper Forest Design Team.

Basic Grey’s: Herbs & Honey Home Decor

Herbs & Honey Home Decor

One of the things I look for when I go treasure hunting are picture frames.   Square ones in particular.  I am just drawn to square frames.  Doesn’t matter how ugly the picture is inside.

Herbs & Honey Home Decor before

I gave the gold frame a white wash look with Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Antique Linen. (frame cost .50)

Herbs n Honey Home Deco close up

I made a simple 3″ pinwheel using two different pinks from the “Herbs & Honey” Collection.  The middle of the pinwheel was made using “bottle cap” stickers from the same collection.

What do you look for when you go treasure hunting?  (I think that sounds better than garage sales)

Sowing seeds of Love

Mini Garden Double Layout

There’s nothing better than spending quality time with someone you love.

I knew as soon as I saw the pictures from “Nick and Grandma’s Mini Garden”, our special project, they would make wonderful scrapbook pages.   (see the original post here)  Lucky for me, my design team packet for The Paper Forest was the garden themed collection “Herbs & Honey” from Basic Grey.

I choose to keep the layouts simple with a focus on the story and the pictures.

Garden Layout #1Mini Garden Layout #2